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  • IBM Japan, Nihon Sun Set Up Competency Center
  • December 17, 1998 (TOKYO) -- IBM Japan Ltd. and Nihon Sun Microsystems KK jointly established the "IBM-Sun Competency Center" within Nihon Sun's facilities and started operations.
    The competency center is an organization to verify whether IBM's software will run normally on Sun's Solaris server operating system.

    IBM Japan is striving to increase sales of the software, and Nihon Sun wants to expand sales of its large-scale servers such as the Ultra Enterprise 10000 to users' mission-critical systems.

    According to IBM Japan, overseas some large users install systems built in combinations of non-IBM UNIX products and IBM products. IBM Japan has offered the Solaris version of DB2, the HP-UX version of DB2 and other similar systems in Japan since October 1996, but "Our sales of software to run on non-IBM operating systems still is limited to only several orders," said an IBM sales representative.

    Consequently, the two companies decided to guarantee beforehand that the IBM software runs on Solaris smoothly.

    The main IBM products handled by the competency center are DB2, TX Series, Notes, MQ Series and Tivoli Management Environment.

    Nihon Sun and IBM Japan will assign four to five full-time engineers to work for the competency center. In addition to the verification of software operating status, the center plans to measure system performance and tuning, and also give tests to respond to customers' requirements.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Wed Dec 16 16:04:20 1998 PDT